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15 Facts about Animal Intelligence

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Animals are amazing creatures that share our world and enrich our lives. They have their own personalities, preferences, and abilities. But how smart are they? How do they learn, communicate, and solve problems? In this article, we will explore 15 facts about animal intelligence that will surprise and fascinate you.

  1. Dogs understand arithmetic and can learn up to 165 words, while “super dogs” can learn at least 250 words and signals.
  2. Crows can use tools and solve problems.
  3. Goldfish can distinguish Bach from Stravinsky.
  4. Rats are intelligent and can remember routes and landmarks throughout their habitat.
  5. Pigs are able to understand the concept of reflection at only six weeks old.
  6. African grey parrots can learn human speech and understand spatial reasoning.
  7. African grey parrots are estimated to be as smart as a five-year-old human.
  8. Chimpanzees are capable of using tools, solving problems, and communicating with others. They can even learn to understand human sign language.
  9. Dolphins have high levels of communication and social interaction, and they have a good memory.
  10. Elephants have exceptional memory skills and can remember important locations, water sources, and even individual members of their herd after years of separation.
  11. Many animals experience a wide range of emotions, including joy, fear, grief, and empathy. Elephants have been observed displaying behaviors that indicate a deep sense of compassion and empathy.
  12. Orangutans share more than 97% of their DNA with humans and are the smartest animal on Earth.
  13. Bottlenose dolphins are the second-smartest animal on Earth.
  14. Octopuses have remarkable problem-solving skills.
  15. Raccoons and rodents have also been examined for their cognitive abilities.

These facts show that animals are capable of much more than we often give them credit for and that their intelligence can be diverse and surprising.

Bogdan Kravets

Bogdan Kravets

Bogdan Kravets is the founder of FactsID. He has over 7 years of experience in collecting facts, SEO, and Digital Marketing. In his spare time, he studies psychology and sociology.

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